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How many times since Lincoln's Revolution

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by billwald, Oct 6, 2011.

  1. billwald

    billwald New Member

    Jun 28, 2000
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    has US troops marched fought against American citizens inside the USA? Off hand, I can think of the Veteran's March against Washington and Kent State. Any others?

    For those who have forgotten MacArthur's role,


    Many of the war veterans had been out of work since the beginning of the Great Depression. The World War Adjusted Compensation Act of 1924 had awarded them bonuses in the form of certificates they could not redeem until 1945. Each service certificate, issued to a qualified veteran soldier, bore a face value equal to the soldier's promised payment plus compound interest. The principal demand of the Bonus Army was the immediate cash payment of their certificates.

    Retired Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler, one of the most popular military figures of the time, visited their camp to back the effort and encourage them. On July 28, U.S. Attorney General William D. Mitchell ordered the veterans removed from all government property. Washington police met with resistance, shots were fired and two veterans were wounded and later died. President Herbert Hoover then ordered the army to clear the veterans' campsite. Army Chief of Staff General Douglas MacArthur commanded the infantry and cavalry supported by six tanks. The Bonus Army marchers with their wives and children were driven out, and their shelters and belongings burned.
  2. seekingthetruth

    seekingthetruth New Member

    Sep 3, 2011
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    Little Rock, AR

    In 1957 Gov Faubus ordered the Arkansas National Guard to mobilize to Central High School in Little Rock to prevent 9 black students from entering the school. The armed troops stopped the students and turned them away.

    Soon after, President Eisenhower sent the 101st Airborne to Little Rock to escort the students into the school. In order to remove Gov Faubus's command of the National Guard and prevent a battle between state and federal troops, the president federalized the entire 10,000 troops of the Arkansas National Guard and ordered them to stand down.

    Faubus tried to hastily form a unit called the 157th Task Force with troops from all over the state that were loyal to him, and still try to block the integration of the school, but the Task Force succumbed to the orders of the president and actually ended up helping the federal troops.

    Many believe that President Eisenhower's decision to federalize the Arkansas troops prevented an actual battle between state and federal troops, which would have been the first since the Civil War.

    But yes, these students, some as young as 15 years old, were marched upon, and threatened by armed troops.